Tap a text field to see the onscreen keyboard, then tap letters to type. If you touch the wrong key, you can slide your finger to the correct key. The letter isn’t entered until you release your finger from the key.

Text being typed. iPhone is held with two hands, each thumb poised over the keyboard. The letter being tapped appears above the key

Tap Shift to type uppercase, or touch the Shift key and slide to a letter. Double-tap Shift for caps lock. To enter numbers, punctuation, or symbols, tap the Number key  or the Symbol key . If you haven’t added any keyboards, tap the Next Keyboard, Emoji key to switch to the Emoji keyboard. If you have multiple keyboards, tap the switch keyboard button to switch to the last one you used. Continue tapping to access other enabled keyboards, or touch and hold the switch keyboard button, then slide to choose a different keyboard. To quickly end a sentence with a period and a space, just double-tap the space bar.

Screen showing the alternate characters for the “e” key

If you see a word underlined in red, tap it to see suggested corrections. If the word you want doesn’t appear, type the correction.

As you write, the keyboard predicts your next word (not available in all languages). Tap a word to choose it, or accept a highlighted prediction by entering a space or punctuation. When you tap a suggested word, a space appears after the word. If you enter a comma, period, or other punctuation, the space is deleted. Reject a suggestion by tapping your original word (shown as the predictive text option with quotation marks).

Email message showing the first few words of a new message, with suggestions for completing the next word

Hide predictive text. Pull down the suggested words. Drag the bar up when you want to see the suggestions again.

Turn off predictive text. Touch and hold the Next Keyboard, Emoji key or the switch keyboard button, then slide to Predictive.

If you turn off predictive text, iPhone may still try to suggest corrections for misspelled words. Accept a correction by entering a space or punctuation, or by tapping return. To reject a correction, tap the “x.” If you reject the same suggestion a few times, iPhone stops suggesting it.

Set options for typing or add keyboards. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard.

The onscreen keyboard for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus includes additional keys you may find useful. You can see these keys when you hold iPhone in landscape orientation.

You can also use an Apple Wireless Keyboard to enter text.

Use an Apple Wireless Keyboard

You can use an Apple Wireless Keyboard (available separately) to enter text on iPhone. The keyboard connects via Bluetooth, so you must first pair it with iPhone.

Note: The Apple Wireless Keyboard may not support keyboard features that are on your device. For example, it doesn’t anticipate your next word or automatically correct misspelled words.

Pair an Apple Wireless Keyboard with iPhone. Turn on the keyboard, go to Settings > Bluetooth and turn on Bluetooth, then tap the keyboard when it appears in the Devices list.

Once it’s paired, the keyboard reconnects to iPhone whenever it’s in range—up to about 33 feet (10 meters). When it’s connected, the onscreen keyboard doesn’t appear.

Save your batteries. Turn off Bluetooth and the wireless keyboard when not in use. You can turn off Bluetooth the Bluetooth status icon in Control Center. To turn off the keyboard, hold down the On/off switch until the green light goes off.

Unpair a wireless keyboard. Go to Settings > Bluetooth, tap the more info button next to the keyboard name, then tap Forget this Device.